The holidays can be a joyous time of year with friends and family. But this season can also be stressful, as you try to find the perfect gift for those you love.
Whether you’re looking for arts, crafts, Texas foods or gift certificates, our team at the Austinot believes that local gifts make the best gifts! So here’s a rundown of the best bazaars, fairs and markets in Austin to make your holiday shopping a breeze.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar takes place for almost four weeks, giving shoppers plenty of time to get gifts for everyone on their list. Blue Genie features items from more than 200 local artists, from paintings and prints, to jewelry and sculptures.
I recommend setting aside at least an hour to wander around the booths, since there is so much to choose from! Also, don’t forget your reusable shopping bags. Read more about Blue Genie in our recent article.
Nov. 27-Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily at Marchesa Hall & Theatre – Website
German Christmas MarketGerman Christmas Market feels more like a festival rather than an art fair. You’ll find handcrafted items from Germany while enjoying traditional German music, Glühwein (hot spiced wine), apple cider and German baked goods.
This 20th annual traditional Christmas market also features an American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas. Photo ops are available with both! Best of all, all purchases are tax-free.
Dec. 5 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at German Free School of Austin – Website
Gruene Market Days
Gruene Market Days are held every month just north of New Braunfels. During the month of December, the market takes on a holiday theme. Featuring more than 100 artisans, you’ll find an abundance of unique gifts, from handcrafted items to Texas foods.
If you take your kiddos, be sure to stop by to take a photo with Cowboy Kringle! You can find him stationed between the Grapevine and Gruene General Store. And if you stick around until Saturday evening, you’ll catch Cowboy Kringle riding into town as it lights up for the holidays. The Gruene Town Lighting will get your holiday season off to a festive start you won’t forget.
Dec. 5–6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Gruene Historic District – Website
Violet Crown Fair
The Violet Crown Fair features artwork from sculptors, potters, metalsmiths and more. This is a fun, family-friendly event to enjoy while you’re doing your holiday shopping.
Dec. 5-6 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Brentwood Elementary School – Website
Cherrywood Art FairThe Cherrywood Art Fair is the longest-running non-profit art fair in East Austin! You can literally spend all day at the fair and not get bored with all the vendors, music and family events taking place over the weekend.
Celebrating its 14th year, Cherrywood has become one of the premiere art fairs in town. It’s is at the top of my list this year, especially since two of my top 10 Austin Esty artisans, Haley Lebeuf and jpear, will have booths there.
Dec. 12–13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Maplewood Elementary – Website
Hutto Downtown Christmas Fair
For those who live in North Austin, downtown Hutto offers a great family-friendly Christmas Fair. This event includes a special kids area with train rides and snow! The kids area has a $5 admission fee.
Don’t forget to stick around for the movie in the park afterwards at 6:30 p.m., when they’ll be showing the movie Elf.
Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in downtown Hutto – Website
Probably one of my favorites, the enormous Armadillo Bazaar is in its 40th year! While this is one of the only holiday bazaars that charges an admission fee, $8, it’s well worth it! Not only will you find anything and everything you need for last-minute holiday gifts, but you’ll also be entertained while doing it.
The incredible music lineup this year includes amazing local artists such as Dale Watson, Gina Chavez, Shinyribs, Alpha Rev and more. Shop early and stick around for the music! You can enter and exit multiple times throughout the day. So if you need to leave, but want to come back later for the music, you can. Just be sure to get your hand stamped when you exit.
Dec. 15–24 from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. at Palmer Events Center – Website
Whether you’re looking for last-minute gifts or an event the entire family can enjoy, these holiday markets are guaranteed to do the trick. Get out there and shop local!
@jpino9 wants to know:
What’s your favorite thing about holiday shopping?
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